Our friends at Food Well Alliance create community through food. The goal of the Alliance is to unite the local food movement - the entrepreneurs, the educators, and the community organizers - to build a healthy food system together. This collaboration seeks to ensure all people in Metro Atlanta have equitable access to sustainably-grown, locally-produced food.
As a member of Food Well Alliance, we have met people training others how to generate nutrient-rich compost, teachers building an indoors aquaponics system learning lab, and innovators creating gardens in urban neighborhoods. We are thankful for these leaders and the roles they play strengthening our community through food.
Food Well Alliance awarded $25,000 to FCS to connect Historic South Atlanta residents with local food. Local foods are more nutritious, support the local economy, and benefit the environment. In a neighborhood where half of residents live at or below the poverty level, these advantages cannot be understated.
Carver Market is partnering with local farmers to source local, healthy, sustainable food. Beginning this summer, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) customers will be able to purchase produce 2-for-1 every day. This will make it easier for our neighbors to engage their local food system - even with limited food dollars. Customers will also learn the value of eating locally grown food through storyboards featuring local farmers; cooking demos, and classes that feature local foods; as well as local farm tours that conclude with a communal farm-to-table meal.
Membership in Food Well Alliance has given us a seat at the table in Atlanta’s local food movement, and together we are creating a food system that is beneficial for everyone.